Welcome back readers, apologies for the long break. You know what it’s like. things to do, life to live. Lots of preparation to do. WA State History Conference is coming up and I was lucky enough to get a bursary to cover the cost of $495. Which sounds like a lot, I know, but for the 2 days that the conference runs, there is such a lot to cover. It is hard to choose which segment to attend.

  • A keynote address from David Fleming, past-Director of National Museums Liverpool on ‘Difficult Histories in Museums‘ – don’t be late, David’s up first!
  • Collecting with Care – a workshop by Curtin University and the Royal Historical Society of Western Australia
  • Lyndall Ryan, from the University of Newcastle, presents ‘Massacre Sites and Heritage: Truth-telling Australia’s violent frontier
  • Mortal Remains – responding respectfully to human remains and approaches to Death Positivity
  • Collecting the 21st Century – what do we collect going forward to ensure our collections remain unique as history becomes global?

I have been so lucky in my time working in the heritage industry, so much to learn. Museums and Galleries of Australia are bringing back their learning sessions and I will attend anything that I can get to, especially if the sessions run on my days off. I can’t think of one workshop that I have not learnt anything. Perth is such a small place and it is especially noticeable in the Museum and Historical Society profession. With the new Perth Museum under construction, there seems to be a low buzz about the place. Mingling with great competent professionals when such events as conferences, workshops and presentations occur, it is a pleasure and I am certainly proud to be involved.

The Australian Heritage Festival has started. So start trawling through the program to find an event near you. To find a program of events, log in to the National Trust website and follow instructions.

Mind you, if you are looking for a walk in Wooroloo, you will find it in the Wheatbelt section. Sadly not everything was perfect when the brochure was distributed. For those who care, Wooroloo is in the Shire of Mundaring. Not quite as far as the West Australian wheatbelt!

Take care and have fun exploring your history! Most of the events are free and it is a great time to take the kids and grandkids to visit the past.